Fellow Barber Pens Deal to Merge with Rudy’s Barbershops – BarberEVO Journal

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Trade Leaders Be a part of Forces By means of Sortis Holdings to Elevate, Empower, and Broaden the Barbering Workforce

Fellow Barber, a New York-born chain of elevated barbershops, right this moment introduced an settlement with Sortis Holdings, Inc. (OTC: SOHI) (“Sortis”) that may merge the grooming firm with Seattle’s iconic Rudy’s Barbershop (“Rudy’s”). This merger will elevate the barbering business and empower its mixed workforce. It additionally aligns Fellow Barber with authentic way of life manufacturers with function and affect. The Sortis staff is constructing a platform that permits sustainable progress, cultural fairness, and scalable improvements for manufacturers with issues to say. The objective is to unite client manufacturers with a powerful point-of-view and distinctive model identities, a passionate buyer base and a deep dedication to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG).

With the marketplace for upscale males’s grooming rising throughout the nation, the merger with Rudy’s is a pure match. Behind Rudy’s is Sortis Holdings, a Portland, Oregon-based platform firm enabling extremely scalable, experiential way of life manufacturers to speed up progress and affect. Sortis acquired Rudy’s out of chapter in 2020, bringing again the manufacturers co-founders to return the DNA that makes the Rudy’s expertise so distinctive. Regardless of being compelled to shut its doorways in the course of the onset of COVID-19, Fellow Barber prevailed and each manufacturers at the moment are uniquely positioned for progress as they continue to be largely unaffected by the residual results of the pandemic similar to provide chain delays, inflation, and worker retention.

“Rudy’s Barbershops has at all times been an inspiration to me,” stated Sam Buffa, CEO & Founding father of Fellow Barber. “We not too long ago had a chance to buy just a few of the previous Rudy’s areas in LA, which was a dream. Now, we can function side-by-side for a typical objective – bettering the business for our expert barbers and spreading the barbershop tradition to much more excited clientele, particularly as the boys’s grooming market continues to develop quickly.”

As a part of the merger, Buffa will lead each Fellow Barber and Rudy’s Barbershops. His 15-plus years of expertise within the business has been spent discovering options to higher the barbering business and convey again the esteem it as soon as held by means of a barber-first method. These experiences place him nicely to accomplice with Ryan Suddendorf, who will change into the VP and COO of Barbershops, to information each manufacturers by means of their subsequent stage of progress.

“This merger was a pure match for 2 iconic manufacturers,” stated Paul Brenneke, Government Chairman of Sortis. “The chance for progress on this business might be pushed by these manufacturers’ client and barber-first method. We’re nicely positioned to leverage capabilities, particularly digital, to broaden client attain and convey new barbers into the business.”

“When Alex, David, and I based Rudy’s, we labored to construct an inclusive house that centered on connection, care and neighborhood,” stated co-founder Wade Weigel. “That easy mission is on the core of barbershops, and we’ve lengthy admired Fellow Barber for taking this cost to coronary heart. We’re excited to construct on these shared values as we proceed to develop beneath a united sense of function.”

Whereas Fellow Barber and Rudy’s will proceed working as separate manufacturers, the merger offers a typical infrastructure that gives entry to capital, actual property technique experience, inventive and operational expertise, and cutting-edge digital capabilities. Training can be a main focus for Fellow Barber and Rudy’s, which plans to broaden its current apprenticeship program with the launch of a barbering academy that brings hands-on schooling to licensed, skilled stylists and barbers from all around the nation.

Each Fellow Barber and Rudy’s will proceed to discover enlargement alternatives of their respective areas with Fellow opening three new areas in New York Metropolis this yr, which incorporates their not too long ago opened flagship in Hudson Yards. Equally, after the latest opening of their Downtown Beaverton, OR location in June, Rudy’s additionally is ready to launch two extra areas in 2022 and early 2023 in Totem Lake, WA and Cedar Hills Crossing in Oregon.

About Fellow Barber
Based by Sam Buffa and William Tigertt in 2006, Fellow Barber is dedicated to elevating the craft of barbering. Usually credited for the revival of the time-honored barbershop traditions, Fellow Barber’s expertly educated barbers present basic cuts and straight razor shaves to a discerning clientele who search a hassle-free, but high-quality expertise with out the pretensions of a salon. By main the barbershop renaissance, Fellow Barber has spawned a brand new barbering subculture, raised the general barbering wage nationwide, and created new jobs.

Since opening its first store within the Decrease East Facet of Manhattan, Fellow Barber has independently expanded to 11 areas all through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco – all of which have a singular aesthetic impressed by the range of the neighborhood and clientele. The model additionally developed its personal line of expertly crafted, skilled high quality grooming merchandise, which is carried in choose barbershops and retailers, and on-line at FellowBarber.com, SAKS.com, Amazon.com, and Nordstrom.com.

About Rudy’s Barbershops
Since its founding in 1993, Rudy’s Barbershop has been the authority on easy model, combining self-care with tradition. They pioneered the fashionable barbershop motion and redefined a brand new era of magnificence and grooming, beginning with one location within the grungy coronary heart of Seattle and increasing right down to PDX, NYC, ATL and PHX. Rudy’s now operates 31 areas in 5 states and has a line of grooming merchandise bought at Rudy’s, on-line and thru choose retailers nationwide.

About Sortis Holdings, Inc.
Sortis Holdings, Inc. (OTC: SOHI) is a set of manufacturers that mix inventive imaginative and prescient with enterprise acumen. Sortis intends to energy its manufacturers throughout resort & lodging, espresso, meals & beverage, and sweetness & wellness to drive tradition ahead, uniting function and revenue to thoughtfully scale its corporations and supply distinctive experiences to its clients. To be taught extra about Sortis, please go to sortisholdings.com.